It has been almost a decade since Nigeria ranked as Africa’s best in the monthly FIFA rankings.
The trend still persists, as Nigeria just retained its fourth position in Africa. Worse still, the Super Eagles dropped two places from their previous 44th position in the FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday.
The stagnation in the continent is also reflected in the points the team garnered. It remains as 1,427 points as in that of December 2018.
The first ranking of the year also saw Asian champions, Qatar, climb to 55th in the world, gaining 38 places and reaching their best position since 1993.
According to FIFA statement, the Asian Cup has been responsible for the notable changes in the rankings, with the scarcity of games in other confederations leaving the top 20 unchanged, and Belgium still in pole position.
Further down the table, Qatar is not the only team to have ascended in spectacular style.
Fellow finalists, Japan (27th, up 23) have also soared up the order, while Korea Republic (38th, up 15), United Arab Emirates (67th, up 12) and Jordan (97th, up 12), all registered double-digit gains.
There were also significant upward moves by the likes of Iraq (80th, up 8), Iran (22nd, up 7) and Uzbekistan (89th, up 6).
Another consequence of these changes is that Asia has boosted its numbers in the Ranking’s top 50.
The Asian Football Confederation is now represented by four teams up, one on the last edition, and now stands level with Africa, whose numbers have been depleted by Congo DR (51st, down 2), dropping out.
Meanwhile, Senegal retains her top spot among CAF teams with 1,505 points and 24th in the world with Tunisia following closely with 1,493 points on 28th place.
Behind is Morocco who garnered 1,440 points after descending three places, from 40th placed in the previous list to 43rd.
The next rankings will be published on 4th April.